#TBT The Best Fruitcake Recipe!

With the new year about to begin, I thought it would be fun for this Throwback Thursday to share one of my favorite seasonal recipes, Fruitcake! Back in 2014 I wrote this guest post in celebration for the debut of Traces and I can’t think of anything better than celebrating both the season and the publishing of a book. Enjoy!



Thanks so much to Rosanna for letting me stop by today to celebrate my debut release of Traces (Ghosts of Roseville Book 1) which is now available. I’m excited to see my first paranormal romantic women’s fiction tale in the hands of readers.

I love to bake, so it’s only natural that one of the characters in my story also bakes. The housekeeper, Meg, is an county fair award-winning baker, no less. She makes chocolate chip cookies to die for and cinnamon rolls that melt in your mouth in addition to fixing scrumptious meals.

While I’m not a fan of a traditional fruit cake (something about the bits of citron and candied fruits, I think) the fruit cake I’m talking about is very different.

Fruitcake slice

My grandmother’s raisin cake recipe is the basis for this fruity cake. One day it occurred to me to add to her yummy cake with other fruit and nuts. The result is a big hit for breakfast or dessert. When I make this, my hubby and I eat what we want then he takes it to work with him. I usually receive a few thank you emails for sharing it with his coworkers. I hope you enjoy it as well. Cheers!


Betty’s Fruitcake


2 cups water

1 box (2 1/2 cups) raisins

1 cup cold water

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

2 cups sugar

4 cups sifted flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In medium saucepan, pour 2 cups water and add raisins, then boil gently for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, grease and flour a 13x9x2 inch loaf pan or Bundt pan.

In large bowl, combine cranberries, pecans, baking soda, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and sugar. (Hint: Cut the stick of butter into small pieces to speed the melting process.)

Pour 1 cup cold water over raisins, then add raisins and liquor water to large bowl, stirring to combine and melt the butter.

Stir in flour, mixing well.

Pour batter into prepared pan. (Hint: The batter will be heavy; it might be easier to spoon the batter into the pan until you can lift the bowl with one hand.)

Bake 1 hour for 13x9x2 loaf pan or 1 hour 20 minutes for Bundt pan. Be sure to check for doneness using a toothpick; when the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done.

Cool completely and enjoy!

Only 6 Weeks Until Evelyn’s Promise is Released!

Just a mere 6 weeks until the release of the exciting conclusion of the A More Perfect Union Series, Evelyn’s Promise! With officially less than 2 months to go, I’m excited to share with you weekly sneak peeks of this gripping story of love, loss, and hope:

Evelyn's PromisebyBetty Bolte-4

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for February 15th, 2016 to experience Evelyn’s story for yourself!

#TBT Top 5 Reasons I Love Historical Romance

For this week’s Throwback Thursday post I’m looking back to this very day last year! In anticipation of the upcoming release of Evelyn’s Promise I love remembering all the reasons I love historical romance.

I’d like to share the reasons why I fell in love with reading historical romance. The follow-on is that I enjoy writing it as well, but that’s because I love reading it so there’s no list to make for that aspect. There is a difference, of course, between historical romance and historical fiction. I read both and enjoy both but for slightly different reasons. So for the top 5 reasons I love historical romance (drum roll, please):

#5. In addition to the happily-ever-after, feel good ending, I learn a bit about the history of that time and place and the people involved. I am a romantic at heart, so having a man and woman fall in love adds to the story no matter the “parent” genre.


#4. I feel like I’m cheating my history professors by reading fun and interesting facts about history instead of boring names, places, and dates and/or figures. And numbers are so NOT my friend! I remember concepts presented in words far easier than equations and statistics, so for me reading a story helps me remember the history even though when researching for my books the stats and dates are often what triggers the story line. Go figure…

#3. Seeing how a man and woman courted in the past is fascinating. The limitations and expectations their society imposed upon them contrasts sharply with my own experience dating my hubby. Makes me feel rather wanton by comparison, let me tell ya. That’s not a bad thing, either!

Detail from "The Courtship," by John Collet, London, England, ca. 1764. From the collections of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

#2. My love of learning about language is satisfied by the peek into the past of how folks spoke to each other, the words they chose to use, and the idioms to be found that we find quaint or even shocking today. Words evolve over time as far as when they originate in our language and how they are used (meanings shift or even flip from being a negative to a positive) over time.

#1. Historical romances bring the past alive in a way that allows me to see what life was like in other regions at other times. I can start to see the continuum of human existence and how we affect each other. Grappling with understanding how and why people treat each other makes me an ever better author as well.

How about you? Why do you enjoy reading historical romances?

Let the Countdown Begin!

pegasus coming soon

Step aside sugar plums, there’s a new sweet treat headed our way – Evelyn’s Promise, the much-anticipated fourth and final book in the A More Perfect Union series is going to be hitting shelves on February 15, 2016! In this final installment we follow widower Evelyn Hamilton as she works to overcome societal constraints to build a better life for her infant son. When her life is turned upside down by Militiaman Nathaniel Williams, she will have to decide what a promise really means.

We’ll be counting down the days with fun games, parties, and maybe even a prize or two (or three, or four)! So, write it on your calendar, set a reminder in your phone, and check back often as we all get ready for the phenomenal conclusion to this gripping series.

Click here to see the official countdown clock!

Holiday Fun!


Happy Holidays! Or at least, we here at Romance Writers’ Weekly hope that they are. But we know what it’s like to be moms, dads, daughters, sons, workers… you name it, we have it covered. It doesn’t matter which hat you’re wearing, December can be the most stressful and busiest time of the year.

So we’ve decided to have some fun in among all the chaos. From December 2nd we’ll be posting once a day about Holiday traditions, songs, stories and movies, to remind ourselves of how much fun it can be. To make it sweeter still, we are going to have a treasure hunt buried in each post, giving you a chance to collect all the clues and a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Plus there will be daily prizes to win, so make sure to read each blog!


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What are we waiting for… let’s have some fun!


December 2 – Katie O’Connor

December 3 – Jeanne McDonald

December 4 – Rebekah Ganiere

December 5 – Betty Bolte

December 6 – Veronica Forand

December 7 – A.S. Fenichel

December 8 – Juliet Cross

December 9 – Susan Scott Shelley

December 10 – Brenda Margriet

December 11 – Leslie Hachtel

December 12 – Jami Denise

December 13 – J.J. Devine

December 14 – Xio Axelrod

December 15 – Collette Cameron

December 16 – Gemma Brocato

December 17 – Tracey Gee

December 18 – S.C. Mitchell

December 19 – Eden Ashe

December 20 – Kristi Rose

December 21 – Jo Richardson

December 22 – Victoria Barbour

December 23 – Carrie Elks

December 24 – Sarah Hegger

December 25 – Round Up & How to Enter